Purpose It is also clear that a few challenges (e.g. modules. At the end of 2016, the cumulative global PV waste reached 250,000 metric tons, while it is expected that by 2050 that figure will increase to 5.5–6 million tons [7]. Subsequently, these fragments are taken to a 400°C atmosphere containing chlorine gas which causes an etching process. Photovoltaic (PV) modules are used worldwide as a source of renewable electricity. Once materials can be recovered, without impurities, then they will have a, obstacles to the growth of the PV recycling industry, An overview of possible thin-film recycling processes is show in, The large-scale recycling of thin-film PV modules, cells, thin-film PV modules are currently processed and recycled using a combination of. The large-scale recycling of thin-film PV modules is well advanced and, as well as the Si solar cells, thin-film PV modules are currently processed and recycled using a combination of mechanical and chemical treatments to achieve meaningful outcomes. This project funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living (RP2008) considers the relationships betwee, + Improve current energy and thermal models of bifacial PV modules Renewable and Sustainable Energy, based on byproduct minerals: A case study of tellurium. For years, the PV industry and researchers have worked intensively in search of different types of efficient and cost-effective materials to manufacture solar PV modules and specific ways of keeping them adequately bonded to withstand several years of outdoor exposure. The better knowledge of these technologies and growth on the waste amounts that could generate profitable outcomes has supported the development of the first PV recycling plants. To date our community has made over 100 million downloads. the recovery of energy and embedded materials, does not mean that the recycling of PV modules should be discarded. This report presents the first global projections for future PV panel waste volumes to 2050. The company has developed and patented original, processes using mechanical and chemical treatment to recycle solar cells [47]. to 4,500 GW by 2050. After that, for CIS only, recovered as well as the glass cullet [45]. Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2012 38th IEEE; 2012, Proceedings of the EcoDesign 2013 International Symposium; 2013 4, improvements in industrial PV module recycling. Although PV recycling modules are energy intensive, their implementation compensate for the energy used for producing virgin modules. However, there are some exceptions. in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste. Even with targets aiming for 65% recycling product weight, some of the current studied recycling processes can recycle over 80% of the weight of a PV module (Figure 2). After that, these small pieces are exposed to an atmosphere containing, conditions result in the delamination of the EVA. Marina Monteiro Lunardi, Juan Pablo Alvarez-Gaitan, José I. Bilbao and Richard Corkish (February 15th 2018). The main reason for that is the lack of regulation. Lastly, the circular business model implementation for PV systems and its role in mitigating environmental impacts is highlighted. Additionally, *Address all correspondence to: r.corkish@unsw, Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney. EUPVSEC 2013, Paris; 2013, process. The aim of this paper is investigating the financial feasibility of crystalline silicon (Si) PV module-recycling processes. Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use. The current study presented an overview of possible PV recycling process for solar modules, including c-Si and thin-film technologies. In 2012 the Japanese government introduced a “feed-in tariff” [14] that guaranteed the rate for electricity generated from renewable energy and exported to the grid, which supported rapid growth of solar module installation in the country. NPV/size varies from −1.19 €/kg to −0.50 €/kg. In all cases, real solar cells were used as opposed to the pure component. The recovery rates can achieve up to 95% and the materials recovered have higher commercial value. The EU, however, has pioneered PV electronic waste (e-waste) regulations, which cover PV-specific collection, recovery and recycling targets. Environmental effect is studied into various aspects. The new technology appeared to solve a clear problem, the firm attachment of the glass and the cells to the EVA, and the consequent difficulty to separate them simply by smashing them to pieces and sorting them out [46]. Summary of first solar recycling process for CdTe modules [21]. After that, for CIS only, the EVA resin is burned and the CIS layer is grated. economic feasibility, recovery of more materials, and recovery of unbroken cells), still remain in process efficiency, complexity, energy requirements and use of non-environmentally friendly materials for the treatment of some elements. Der Mensch hat sich zunächst den Lagerstätten mit den höchsten Konzentrationen zugewandt und wird nunmehr zukünftig gezwungen sein, mit immer weniger konzentrierten Vorkommen zurechtkommen zu müssen. 2030s. ... 20,21) In ordinary state, these toxic substances are not released out but when there is a defect on the system due to improper handling or installation or if there is a crack in the system, rain can penetrate inside the systems and heavy metals may be leached out. The PV waste manage-, ment has the potential to develop new pathways for industry development and. The market for photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation has boomed over the last decade, and its expansion is expected to continue with the development of new technologies. Higher uncertainties are obtained for the crystalline Silicon production, manufacturing, recycling, solar cell processing and module fabrication due to greater environmental impact, also the parameter causing error are high. These results considered that the recycling process involving dismantling, remelting, thermal and chemical treatments [28]. Solar PV waste generally categorized as a general waste by the regulatory aspect, except in the EU, since PV panels in these countries are described as e-waste as stated in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. It accounts for about half of the energy, carbon footprint, and cost to produce PV modules, but only a small portion of their mass. The first step is, to crush and separate the materials mechanically, ment to recover the semiconductor metals. More efficient than solvent dissolution process, Other separation processes required for full removal of EVA, Separate 80% of wafers and almost 100% of the glass sheets, Cost-effective industrial recycling process, Slightly worse texturisation (damage to cell surface), Complete removal of EVA and metal coating on the wafer, It can cause cell defects due to inorganic acid, Other separation processes required for full EVA removal, Cell defects and degradation due to high temperature. Given heavy metals present in PV modules, e.g. We review the electrical characteristics of 16 widely studied geometries of photovoltaic materials with efficiencies of 10 to 29%. In addition, definition of mandatory requirements for EoL treatment could still be an obstacle to the, effective acceptance of these recycling processes [20]. It is expected that by 2050 that figure will increase to 5.5–6 million tons. Policy action is needed to address the challenges ahead, with enabling frameworks being adapted a,b, Suneel Pandey. Because of that, there should be a continuous focus on scientific evidences on the potential impacts and benefits related to the treatment of photovoltaic residues. In USA, some states go beyond the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which regulates hazardous and non-hazardous waste management [13]. A pilot project was funded by the Japanese Government via the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Furthermore, recycling processes for all the different PV technologies are not yet well developed. Furthermore, the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) prediction for the installed PV capacity in 2050 is 4500 gigawatts [6]. Toxicity effect and climate change are major drawback of the solar photovoltaic energy. It is expected that by 2050 that figure will increase to 5.5-6 million tons. Several studies have identified valuable components such as FTO, gold and high temperature processes as the most significant contributors to the environmental impact of PSCs. dedicated solar-panel recycling plants. After that process, the glass is separated again. Studies show that the impurity levels are an important issue during the recycling processes. Thin-film solar module basic structures [36]. Finally, the next step for the industry and researchers is to create module designs that are “recycling-friendly” [29]. By Marina Monteiro Lunardi, Juan Pablo Alvarez-Gaitan, José I. Bilbao and Richard Corkish. to recycling. Photovoltaic (PV) solar modules are designed to produce renewable and clean energy for approximately 25 years. To unlock the benefits of such industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid So far, the most common methods for recycling c-Si PV modules are based on mechanical, thermal and chemical processes. The results showed that broken PSCs released Si, Pb, Al, As, and Ni under TCLP conditions; lead, a major component of PSCs, was released at around 1.0 mg/L at a pH of 4.93, from both broken and unbroken PSCs. The ITRPV predicts that, by 2030, the total material value recovered from PV, reach USD 450 million. PV Cycle was the first to establish a PV recycling process and PV waste logistics throughout the EU. Meanwhile, The company has developed and patented original processes using mechanical and chemical treatment to recycle solar cells [47]. materials to pay for the associated costs of the steps of recycling processes [69]. Silicon solar modules recycling processes. It is expected that by 2050 that figure will increase to 5.5, worldwide to reduce the environmental impact of PV waste and to recover some of the, value from old modules. For the manufacturing process life cycle assessment is carried out which brings out that effect of the production of crystalline silicon. By making research easy to access, and puts the academic needs of the researchers before the business interests of publishers. Hence, methods for recycling solar modules are being developed worldwide to, environmental impact of end-of-life modules and to recover some of the value from old PV. The problems with this process are that the value of the material recovered is low (as it, is a downcycling process) and that the maximum amount of recovered materials is about. The company is developing a process of, from damaged solar modules. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodology that quantifies the environmental impacts of a process or a product. During this process, the plastic components are burnt at 600°C. MML and RC acknowledge the support of the Australian Government through the Australian, Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Despite their many advantages, solar photovoltaic (PV) cells used for electricity generation can have negative environmental impacts. Solar modules recycling strategies are under developing worldwide to reclaim the valuable materials and to minimize effect of solar waste, however, only a few percentage of materials can be recovered by existing recycling systems. A global green transition could slow down all undesirable ecological changes, transforming the world in the better way. For the c-Si modules, the semiconductor materials are recovered as well as the glass cullet [45]. Silicon solar module basic structure [32]. Lifecycle impacts of photovoltaic (PV) plants have been largely explored in several studies. EOL solar-panel recycling can effectively save natural resources and reduce the cost of production. PV modules that reach their EoL will build up a, large stock of embodied raw materials (as mentioned previously), which can be recovered and, become available for other uses or even for solar cells again. CdTe is the most widely used thin-film technology, significant amounts of cadmium (Cd), an element, environmental problem that has been studied worldwide [37, 38]. Summary of “hot knife” recycling process for PV modules [46]. The problem of utilization and recycling become a cornerstone, since these processes can also affect the environment and accelerate This process recovers 90% of the glass for use in new, products and 95% of the semiconductor materials for use in new, Also, for recycling CdTe modules, ANTEC Solar GmbH designed a pilot plant with a similar. End-of-life (EoL) management of waste PV modules requires alternative strategies than landfill, and recycling is a valid option. film photovoltaic modules. Also, manufacturers, importers and distributors of photovoltaic modules have been invited to provide information on the chemical substances contained in the product and to inform the waste disposal companies. Current projections expect the a-, Si module market to disappear in the near future, since they cannot compete, a-Si) deposited on a substrate (glass, polymer or metal) (. The glass and some metals are sent to other companies for recycling and the solar cells can be turned into wafers again. This company started recycling in 2003 with a pilot plant using a thermal process. n biosolids processing, odour emissions, energy and carbon flows and community engagement. For copper indium selenide (CIS) and Copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) photovoltaic modules similar chemical bath treatments apply. The first step is to crush and separate the materials mechanically. Consolidated tables showing an extensive listing of the highest independently confirmed efficiencies for solar cells and modules are presented. This means more vehicles on city roads. [5] studied in detail about various physical treatments for recycling of Si and CdTe photovoltaic modules. There are advantages and disadvantages of the different methods, considering. We share our knowledge and peer-reveiwed research papers with libraries, scientific and engineering societies, and also work with corporate R&D departments and government entities. By 2050, the recoverable value could cumulatively exceed USD 15 billion, equivalent to 2 billion panels, or 630 GW. lines on how to properly dispose of EoL photovoltaic modules. A company that has a well stablished c-Si recycling process is the SolarWorld [44]. Considering a polysilicon current prices at USD 20/kg and a recovery rate from commercial recycling processes of 70% this is equivalent to USD 380 million [7]. In addition, the recycling of solar PV modules can ensure the, embedded materials and, also, reducing CO, of efficient and cost-effective materials to manufacture solar PV modules and specific, A Review of Recycling Processes for Photovoltaic Modules, keeping them adequately bonded to withstand several years of outdoor exposure. The process, called the “hot knife method”, can separate the cells of a module from the glass in about 40 seconds. The motivation, legislation and current processes. JPEA strongly recommend that industry follow the guidelines [15]. These efforts are part of an industry-led voluntary product management arrangement to address the potential emerging risks of PV systems and their waste. The next step is to separate the glass from the larger ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) pieces, via a vibrating screen. At present, only the European Union (EU) has adopted PV-specific waste regulations. Furthermore, the production processes also generates greenhouse gases emissions during some reactor-cleaning operations. Also, the environmental impacts of PV systems due to the current linear business model that is in practice are discussed. End-of-life (EoL) management of waste PV modules requires alternative strategies than landfill, and recycling is a valid option. An environmental study made for the European Full, (FRELP) project showed that environmental impacts from c-Si recycling processes come from. C atmosphere containing chlorine gas which causes an etching process. Summary of ANTEC solar GmbH recycling process for CdTe modules [43]. (5.5‑6 million tonnes) almost matching the mass contained in new installations (6.7 million tonnes). Their process is based on a thermal, , can separate the cells of a module from the glass in, summarizes the recycling possibilities for silicon solar modules, as well as the advan-, Summary of loser Chemie recycling process for PV modules (pilot. Apart from this, the major leaching tests carried out for waste classification and PV waste recycling in different countries are also discussed. Making of the solar cells and module fabrication holds for a greater contribution into the environment effect than in the processing of the silicon from the nature to further use in industry. With this amount it is possible to produce 60 million PV modules (18 GW), which would be approximately 33% of the 2015 production [7]. Silicon’s value is determined by its purity. To achieve the best possible results at acceptable costs, it is essential that future recycling processes stay up to date on the continuous innovations in solar cells and modules technologies. opportunities to create value and pursue new economic avenues. Their cell recycling system is able to extract efficient components (but not unbroken cells) from end-of-life solar modules in order to develop new green products or be reintroduced into the PV industry as new solar modules [48]. The recycling process for Si or CIS is based on pyrolysis of the polymers in a furnace. These high levels may be attributed to the welding materials used on the rear side of crystalline-Si (c-Si) solar cells. It is estimated, that total additions of municipal solid waste reach the point of 300 tons each year. In this chapter, brief insights into the life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental impacts of solar PV systems will be given. In their research, they focused on innovative process called FRELP for recycling of Si PV module. Publishing on IntechOpen allows authors to earn citations and find new collaborators, meaning more people see your work not only from your own field of study, but from other related fields too. The, A company that has a well stablished c-Si recycling process, company started recycling in 2003 with a pilot plant using a thermal process. Springer; 2014. pp. Silicon solar module basic structure [32]. PV modules are largely recyclable. The outcomes of this process are the recovery of more than 84% of the module weight, being 90% of the glass and 95% of the semiconductor materials [44]. 2010; International Conference on PV Module Recycling; 2010, taic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2012 38th IEEE; 2012. validation of crystalline silicon solar cells recycling by thermal and chemical methods. IEA-PVPS collects information from official governmental bodies and reliable industry sources. Module recycling rate of over 95 percent achievable Reprocessing more cost-efficient than purchasing new wafers New possibilities for using silicon of previously unusable quality in the solar industry High-quality recycling system reinforces the image of the solar sector. As a, result of the increase, the volume of modules that reach the end of their life will grow at, the same rate in the near future. For example, high temperature thermal processes and mechanical processes can create impurities. Materials such as glass, aluminum and semiconductors can, theoretically, be recovered and reused. Solar Photovoltaic Recycling Processes In order to determine the economic viability of recycling solar modules, an analysis of the recycling process will be done for five of the largest volume commercialized types of solar cells including: copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), The process starts with the removal of the frames, and the backsheet foil before the thermal process begins. Our readership spans scientists, professors, researchers, librarians, and students, as well as business professionals. The cells are electrically interconnected (with tabbing), creating a string of cells in series (60 or 72 cells are standard numbers used) and assembled into modules to generate electricity (Figure 1). Effect of recycling technologies on environment is assessed for c-Si and also policy guidelines are proposed. There are advantages and disadvantages of the different methods, considering all the stages, from the collection of the PV modules to the end of the recycling process. The recycling process starts with the shredding of the modules into large pieces and subsequently in to small fragments (5 mm or less) by a hammer mill. Digital tools such as the Internet of Things (IoT), the industrial IoT, and blockchain technology that support the LCA of PV systems are highlighted. The motivation, legislation and current processes were discussed and possible issues were addressed. In recent years, technology advancement and increased manufacturing capacity have led to the falling cost of PV modules and have made solar energy costs comparable to other sources of electricity. Once all the installed capacity starts, late 2017, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (. Lastly for recycling processes aiming to generate new materials, the aim is to keep the materials intact for reuse or direct recycling, recovering the frame, glass, tabbing and solar cells without breakages and in good condition. Today, process, which starts by pyrolising the modules. Lessons can be learned from the experience of the EU in creating its regulatory framework to help other countries develop locally appropriate approaches. Summary of "hot knife" recycling process for PV modules [46]. It was shown that recycling technologies for PV wastes are extensively explored not just on labs and pilot plants, but some are also commercially available. For CdTe thin film modules, the results confirm the environmental benefit when recycling of glass cullet and copper is considered. End-of-life management could become a significant component of the PV value chain.1 As the findings of the report underline, recycling PV panels at their endof- life can unlock a large stock of raw materials and other valuable components. The non-inclusion of PV residues in waste legislation in some countries is due to different reasons. The outcomes of this process are the recovery of more than 84% of, the module weight, being 90% of the glass and 95% of the semiconductor materials [44]. The use of hazardous metals like lead, cadmium in solar photovoltaics (PVs) are rapidly increasing which poses the risk to the environment due to potential release of these constituents. Particularly high cumulative deployment rates are expected by that time in China As a result of the increase, the volume of modules that reach the end of their life will grow at the same rate in the near future. When comparing c-Si recycling and landfill EoL scenarios it was found that the environmental impacts from the recycling process are lower than for landfill, assuming that the recycled resources go back to the PV cells and modules manufacturing. Nevertheless, several methods for recycling PV modules are under development. mental impacts. Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations must be properly dismantled and any waste treated and disposed at the end of project life. Thin-film solar cells were developed with the aim of providing low cost and flexible geometries, using relatively small material quantities. 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain; 2005. The separation of the materials allows them to be sent to specific recycling processes associated with each material. Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1997, Conference Record of the Twenty-. + Understand under which conditions and applications bifacial systems offer advantages over standard PV systems In this study, we used a Monte Carlo uncertainty model to identify the potential economic benefits of closed‐loop recycling of EoL PV modules when recycled silicon is integrated into different stages of the PV supply chain. energy future. In Japan, the scrap glass can be sold for 0.5–1 Yen/kg. The cities today witness an unprecedented immigration influx, majorly in all developing countries, as is the case of India. The realities show that the current pace of climate change exceeds historical changes. *Address all correspondence to: r.corkish@unsw.edu.au. closed-loop use of metals. Much PV waste currently ends up in landfill. Even though the price of new PV modules is decreasing rapidly (making PV modules less attractive from a recycling perspective), circular use of material from EoL modules in second‐life production was found to have promising long‐term environmental and economic benefits. It is the only authority to have such a policy. The ideal approach for disposing of end-of-life photovoltaic (PV) modules is recycling. The authors focused on the recycling of crystalline silicon, a material used in more than 90% of installed PV systems in a very pure form. The summary of these processes is shown in, Reclaim PV has teamed up with major solar module manufacturers who distribute in Australia, and is refining its processes. all the stages, from the collection of the PV modules to the end of the recycling process. The summary of this process is shown in Figure 4. A Review of Recycling Processes for Photovoltaic Modules Marina Monteiro Lunardi, Juan Pablo Alvarez-Gaitan, José I. 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